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File Creation Date Rule

The File Creation Date basic rule in System Center Updates Publisher is used when creating or modifying software update definitions. It is used primarily as an applicability or installed type rule. A specific file and its creation date are verified with what is found on a scanned computer. If the rule does not pass verification, the software update is considered not applicable or installed on the computer. The File Creation Date rule has the following configuration settings:

  • Common Paths: Specifies a common folder where the file is located. This is an optional field when specifying an absolute path in the Path field, but is a required field when a relative path is used. For example, if you know that Notepad.exe is located in the Windows folder, but the drive location is unknown, the Windows common path can be used to specify the folder location and Notepad.exe can be used in the Path field to specify the file location.

  • Path: Specifies the path to the file. The path is either an absolute (c:\Windows\Notepad.exe) or relative path (MyFolder\Notepad.exe). This is a required field.

  • Comparison: Specifies whether the file version on the computer is less than, less than or equal to, equal to, greater than or equal to, or greater than the configured created date. This is a required field.

  • Created Date: Specifies the date the file was created. Use the check box to enable this property and then specify the creation date and time of the file. The default value is the current date and time. This is a required field.

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